Matelot Falls on Good-Friday 19th April 2019
An enchanting destination where every Trinibagonian should find the timeout to visit is the dreamy village of Matelot. A place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, relax in the peaceful countryside, and become blown away by the amasing coastal sceneries. The peaceful countryside timeless enriched with stunning natural habitats, beaches, rivers, and waterfalls. It is the last community on Trinidad's northeastern coast located 26.7 km west from Toco, at the end of the Toco/Paria Main Road. Matelot is a French word when translated means "sailor," and before there was a community, the calm waters at the river’s mouth was a landmark for seamen. The population is approximately six hundred residents who earn their income from fishing, agriculture, and eco-tourism. The scenic drive from Port of Spain along the winding coastal road can take 3-4 hours to reach Matelot. Along the route, there are some noteworthy northeastern towns such as Matura, Salybia, Balandra, Rampanalgas, Cumana, Toco, L Anse Noire, San Souci, Monte Video and Grand Riviere. They each have their own unique characteristics, rich heritage, and natural resources.
Enclosed by a high wall of mountains, the sky is the limit in Matelot with lots of adventure for the nature seeker. It’s a place no one wants to leave, a quiet corner to unwind, and a destination to seek relaxation and wellness. Wildlife is abundant and seen constantly running around the neighbourhood are iguanas, red-rumped agoutis, and common opossums or manicous. Matelot is also a place to see rare birds and often seen is the pawi or piping-guan (Pipile Pipile), a turkey-like bird 65cm long, which is indigenous to Trinidad. The pawi once hunted to almost extinction, hops from tree to tree and is an easy target for predators. Most distinct are the various species of butterflies such as the Blue Morpho or Emperor Butterfly, the monarch, and swallowtail. The various hiking trails coming out from the village leads to breathtaking waterfalls, basins and secluded beaches. The river mouth situated on the western end of the neighbourhood provides constant water supply and is a favourite recreational spot for river limes. Further upstream, a spectacular destination is the Matelot Falls with there is a series of crystal, clear and secluded basins.
The expedition to the falls will take just under an hour and starts on top the hill where the vehicles are parked. The route is along the ridge for 2km with a steep descent to the river. The journey continues upstream alongside the river to the falls where there is a deep plunge pool. Exploring beyond the falls there are other fascinating pools to discover. The hike is suitable for kids seven years and older. Like jackets provided for those wishing to venture in the deeper areas of the pool.
Note: Hamper donations will be given out to villagers in need and hikers are asked to contribute a tin.
On Good-Friday 19th April 2019 Island Hikers visit Matelot Waterfall.
Assembly 1: 6 am at Eric Williams Medical Complex Mt Hope.
Assembly 2: 6.30am at the Corner of Omeara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima.
Optional maxi transportation is available from Mt. Hope Hospital / Arima to Matelot at the cost of $120.00 (transport only). To reserve a seat, please call Mario 749-2956 on the day before the hike.
Hiking Time: 1 hour
Rating: 3 Fair
Cost of the hike $60.00
Security per vehicle $20.00
For details contact Mario: 749-2956, Marcia 490 2421, Jamal 761- 1889 or islandhikers.com
To see a video of matelots falls visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgFvitiazW8.